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Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car

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Someday you, too, could ride in a truly driverless car, but the technology remains a work in progress.

Credit: Jason Henry

It was about 9 p.m. on a cool Tuesday evening in San Francisco this month when I hailed a car outside a restaurant a few blocks from Golden Gate Park.

A few minutes later, as I waited at a stoplight, a white Mercedes pulled up next to me. Three teenagers were sitting on the edges of its open windows, their heads bobbing above the roof. One of them pointed at the empty front seat of my car.

"Who's driving?" he yelled.

"No one," I yelled back.

I was riding in a driverless car operated by Cruise, a company backed by General Motors that is now offering low-cost rides to a limited number of lucky and notably brave people in San Francisco.

From The New York Times
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